In 2010 I went into joint ownership of a lovely bungalow with a close friend. I was 29 and on a low wage and this seemed like the only way to get onto the property ladder. That same year I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.\r\n\r\nI knew nothing about MS and was relieved to receive all the information\u00a0from my MS Nurse. Nearly all the leaflets and other sources of information were from the MS Trust.\r\n\r\nWith the sale of the property nearing completion, I had to go to the solicitors and sign the papers to make it official. While we were there the solicitor asked us both if our Wills were up to date. Wills! I hadn't thought about making a Will! That question seemed like something so negative during what should have been a happy moment. It wasn't something I wanted to think about.\r\n\r\nWho wants to think about the end?\r\n\r\nWe spoke further about it and I started to realise how important a Will is. It never crossed my mind before, what would happen to all my belongings after I am gone?\r\n\r\nWe both booked appointments to go back to the solicitor to make our Wills. Before we returned I did a little research into how many of my friends of different ages had made a Will. It became clear to me that people don't generally think about making their Wills until later in life.\r\n\r\nAt the time I could understand why people didn't want to think about such a thing, because to most people Wills mean the end of life. Who wants to think about that when you\u2019re at the prime of your life!\r\n\r\nBut the more I thought about it the happier I was that the solicitor brought it up.\r\n\r\nAn obvious choice\r\n\r\nOne more thing crossed my mind, what if I didn't have any surviving close relatives or friends written in the will past my death. What would happen then to my estate?\r\n\r\nThe solicitor\u00a0explained that in this case my estate would pass to the crown or I could nominate it to a charity of my choice. She also told me I could consider leaving a gift in my Will to charity \u2013 either a specific amount or a percentage of my estate.\r\n\r\nWow! I loved the thought of this! I didn't have to think hard about who the charity would be.\r\n\r\nGreat feeling of satisfaction\r\n\r\nThe MS Trust has helped me so much since I was diagnosed and I'm sure they will continue to help me for many years to come. That is of course if people like me continue to support the charity by leaving a legacy in their Will.\r\n\r\nThe whole process of making a Will and leaving a gift was so simple; I was concerned that it would be a saddening time when in fact I had a great feeling of satisfaction.\r\n\r\nI am a living supporter of the MS Trust and to know that I will be able to support them and help others beyond my death is a wonderful thing indeed!\r\n\r\nVicky Edwards, MS Trust supporter\r\n\r\nFind a charity you'd like to leave a gift to.